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MSc by Research and PhD by Research Positions

Applications are invited for MSc by Research and PhD by Research positions with the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) (http://www.tssg.org) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Waterford, Ireland.

The candidate will work as a member of the Science Foundation Ireland funded Centre for Future Networks and Communications “CONNECT” Research Centre, comprising TSSG and research groups from Irish universities including Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, Mynooth University, Tyndall National Institute and Dublin MSc by Research and PhD by Research Positions Institute of Technology.  CONNECT comprises 11 Academic partners and 37 Industry partners including Google, Intel, IBM, Cisco, Ericsson and is one of the largest group of researchers worldwide addressing challenges relating to Future Networks and Communications.

The candidate will investigate areas such as Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, Cloud and Fog Computing paradigms, Internet of Things. The work will take place in close collaboration with one of the CONNET industrial partners, in particular DellEMC, Intel, IBM, Ericsson or CISCO and the candidate will spend a significant amount of time working in that partner’s laboratories.

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New €7m EU investment in Wales and Ireland’s fisheries industry

Press ImageMore than €7m of EU funds will be invested in science and technology projects to help protect and develop the marine life and the fisheries industry in Wales and Ireland.

The funding will support a scientific investigation of the opportunities and risks posed by climate change in the Irish Sea and the deployment of technology to reduce energy costs and help businesses develop new products and processes.

Both projects are being funded through the EU’s Ireland-Wales co-operation programme, which is helping to strengthen economic links and cross-border collaboration between the two countries.

Welsh Government Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said:  “These projects bring together expertise from both nations to support an industry in Wales and Ireland that shares the same opportunities, challenges and resources within the Irish Sea.

“Collaborative schemes like these are why we are clear about the advantages to Wales of ongoing access to territorial co-operation programmes, including the Ireland-Wales programme, when the UK leaves the EU.”

Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, T.D. said: “I am delighted to see the launch of another two projects under the Ireland-Wales programme.

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Industry, government and academics to promote sustained regional economic development models

Free eDIGIREGION ‘Sustaining Regional Innovation and Growth Through Partnership’ conference at WIT Arena March 8 and 9

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Pic. Prof. Bill O Gorman, W.I.T

INDUSTRY leaders, academics and government agencies who’ve developed an international model of best practice to stimulate critically-needed regional development across Ireland, Spain, Hungary and Romania, are to present their findings and debate ways of sustaining such cross-agency co-operation and growth at a free conference which is spearheaded by Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT.

The international event at the WIT Arena on March 8 and 9, will be of particular interest to those involved in sectors such as agriculture and digital media, pharmaceutical, medtech, advanced manufacturing as well as ICT in tourism, the organisers say.

The eDIGIREGION ‘Sustaining Regional Innovation and Growth Through Partnership’ conference includes workshops, networking opportunities, briefings and inspiring addresses from partners in the highly-regarded EU programme which is being led by WIT. A recent ICT brokerage event run by the partners in Dublin, drew support from IDA Ireland as well as major industry leaders which included Microsoft and Fujitsu.

Organiser, Prof. Bill O’Gorman of WIT, said a panel of influential international speakers and partners in the highly-successful FP7-funded initiative will share their regions’ experiences of stimulating regional innovation and developing regional partnership models. Delegates will also hear about the implementation of the South East Action Plan for Jobs and from those targeting the growth of specific industry sectors in the region. The free conference also explores how industry and research institutions can better collaborate to deliver innovation that meets industry needs, he said.

“WIT is at the forefront of regional development and developing a long-term, sustainable environment where regions will prosper and thrive. We have delivered on our goals in eDIGIREGION and this has been well recognised from an EU perspective.

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IEEE Young Entrepreneurs Open Day, Dublin 2017.

WO-IEEE-Young-Entrepreneurs-01Daniel Martins, PhD student from TSSG, WIT, was on the organising committee of  IEEE Young Professional Entrepreneurs Open Day Dublin 2017. This event was the first in Ireland, focused in supporting and preparing the students and Young Professionals for facing a challenging world with less work opportunities and a urge need of continuous professional development.

The IEEE Young Professional Entrepreneurs Open Day Dublin 2017 was held on 25 February 2017 in University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland and had a good turnout with about 70 attendees, speakers and volunteers. The event was a good opportunity to network, share experiences and to know more about all the tools available and agencies in Ireland that can support the Young Entrepreneurs to start or grow their business.

The program included the following presentations such as, Engineering Solutions in Antarctica by Danny McFadden, New Ventures and Opportunities in Startups by Mary Cronin, Making your Career Artificial Intelligence Proof by Kevin Koidl, Startup Opportunities in Ireland by Andrew Parish, Introduction to IEEE Services for Students and Young Professional Members across UK and Ireland, Reach New Costumers Online and Grow Your Business with Google Analytics by Google and Making your Startup Resilient by David Craig

Currently, Daniel Martins is one of the Republic of Ireland Reps for the IEEE UK & Ireland Section Young Professionals Affinity Group.

TSSG/WIT delegation in Mumbai, India.

 

(l-r): Prof. MP Gupta, IIT Delhi, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology - TSSG, Coordinator of EU-India FI-MEDIA project, Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Nolan, Deputy SG of Dept. of Education and Skills, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland (based in New Delhi), Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Beyond Evolution Tech. Solutions, Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Dept. Engr. Technologies, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland.

(l-r): Prof. MP Gupta, IIT Delhi, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG, Coordinator of EU-India FI-MEDIA project, Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Doyle, Deputy SG of Dept. of Education and Skills, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland (based in New Delhi), Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Beyond Evolution Tech. Solutions, Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Dept. Engr. Technologies, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland.

The EU-India FI-MEDIA project, which is coordinated by Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG group, was featured during the Education Ireland Fair taking place around a number of cities in India and was presented to a Delegation from Ireland, when they arrived to Mumbai, India on 21stFebruary, 2017. The Irish delegation included Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Doyle, Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, Irish Government, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland in India (based in New Delhi), Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland, and Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Department, Engineering Technologies, Waterford IT.

 

The Irish delegation were highly impressed with the presentation of the EU-India FI-Media project, especially in the approach on insisting the clusters have both research and innovation as well as industry actors on board. They were also impressed in the selection of clustering themes around prioritized  topics of importance to Ireland like smart cities/villages, Smart Agriculture and Internet of Things and linkages to H2020 and I2020 and they have specifically requested to follow up with us when back in Ireland. The Irish ambassador has also asked for the India partners to come visit him in New Delhi to discuss the project in more depth. In the question and answers session, we further discussed some approaches towards funding across the knowledge triangle (research and innovation (R&I), industry and society) and the gaps and barriers that currently exist within Irish and EU programmes, and how it is being addressed in Indian R&I programmes.

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